William Roy Mackenzie was born in River John, Pictou County (d. 1957). Educated at Dalhousie and Harvard, he became a literary scholar, writer and folksong collector. Considered the father of ballad collecting in Canada, he was the first scholar to collect Anglo-Canadian and Nova Scotian songs. Mackenzie’s work and further publications, such as Ballads and Sea Songs from Nova Scotia (1928), provided inspiration to Helen Creighton and other collectors. His papers were eventually collected at the Dalhousie University Archives.